Steve Sturdy, MA, PHD
Professor and Co-Director



Steve Sturdy studied natural science at Cambridge, then philosophy of science at the University of Western Ontario, before finally settling into a PhD in the history and sociology of science at the University of Edinburgh. After seven years of postdoctoral research and teaching at the at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester, he returned to the University of Edinburgh in 1994, where he has remained ever since. He spent three years as head of the Science, Technology and Innovation Studies subject group, and from 2006 to 2012 was deputy director of the ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum, a novel initiative to develop links between social scientists and scientists working on genomic science and technology, and to connect research in this area to policy makers, business, the media and civil society in the UK and abroad. He is currently co-director of the interdisciplinary Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society. His current research explores the development of biomedicine from the mid-twentieth century to the present, with a particular focus on medical genetics and genomics.

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